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Hyundai recall spans more than 977K Sonata and Sonata hybrid vehicles due to seatbelt defect

2011 Hyundai Sonata

Nearly 978,000 Hyundai Sonatas are now under recall upon learning that the vehicle’s front seat belts may become loose during a collision. The defective seatbelt has been linked to only one minor injury thus far. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), this Hyundai recall affects Sonatas from model years 2011 through 2014, as well as 2011 through 2015 of the Sonata Hybrid models. Despite how widespread the Hyundai recall appears, it is likely that only one percent of the recalled Sonatas actually have the defect, which is believed to be caused by a faulty connector not latching entirely ... Read More

Montgomery Man, Atlanta Boy Killed After Tractor Trailer Hits Car on I-85

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A 16-month-old Georgia boy and an Alabama man were killed Friday, March 10, when the minivan they were traveling in was rear-ended by a tractor trailer on Interstate 85 near Shorter, Alabama. Macon County coroner Wendell Cloud identified the child as Angel Zaragoza, of Hapeville, Georgia, just north of the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Alabama State Troopers identified the man as Roberto Linares, 55, of Montgomery, Alabama. Three passengers in the same 2001 Toyota Sienna minivan involved in the crash were also injured. AL.com reports that those motorists were hospitalized but their condition has not been reported. The crash occurred ... Read More

Alabama Man Seriously Burned By E-Cigarette Explosion

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Note to Vapers: Do not put e-cigarettes or other vaping devices in your pants pocket. An Alabama man has become one of the latest vapers to be badly burned by an e-cigarette that suddenly exploded in his pocket, blasting flames that burned his clothes and skin. Jason Kromer, 33, told Montgomery’s WSFA that he was about to sit down for breakfast at a friend’s house when, without warning, his e-cigarette blew up “like a grenade,” covering his leg in flames. The intensely hot explosion and fire, almost certainly caused by the device’s lithium-ion battery, welded the e-cigarette canister onto Mr. ... Read More

Alabama Man Files IVC Filter Lawsuit Against C.R. Bard

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Kyler K., an Alabama resident, has joined more than 1,400 others in a lawsuit against C.R. Bard for problems allegedly tied to the company’s inferior vena cava (IVC) filter, which his lawsuit says failed. Kyler was implanted with a Meridian IVC filter on April 23, 2013. This model is a fifth generation temporary design that was approved for sale in 2011. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recommends that temporary, or retrievable, IVC filters be removed between 29 and 54 days.. However, in many cases, if the filter has migrated or perforated the vein, the device is rendered impossible to retrieve. The risk of injury ... Read More

Alabama governor undergoes common procedure to treat A-fib

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley underwent a routine procedure to treat a common heart rhythm abnormality called atrial fibrillation, or A-fib. His office reports that he is “feeling well and there are no serious medical concerns.” A-fib is the most common heart rhythm disorder and occurs when the upper chambers of the heart beat irregularly, or quiver, instead of beating effectively to move blood into the ventricles. This can cause blood to pool in the chambers of the heart where they can form clots that can break loose, travel to the brain and result in stroke. Many people diagnosed with A-fib are ... Read More

Four Dead, Several Injured After Train Collides With Tour Bus in Biloxi

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At least four bus passengers were killed when a CSX freight train barreled into a casino-bound bus from Texas that reportedly became stuck on a railroad track in Biloxi, Mississippi, Tuesday afternoon. Dozens more people were injured, some critically. The Biloxi SunHerald reported that the charter bus was carrying 46 people from the Austin, Texas, area on a six-day tour of the Gulf Coast. The tour bus was scheduled to stop at a Biloxi casino before continuing west to New Orleans when it got stuck on the tracks at Main Street around 2:10 p.m. Most of the passengers are residents ... Read More

Montgomery area alopecia support group starting March 11

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A new-to-Montgomery, Alabama, family has started an alopecia support group that will hold its first meeting at the Prattville YMCA at 10 a.m. on March 11. The Montgomery Advertiser tells the story of the Air Force family who moved here in July so that 5-year-old Lilly’s dad, United States Air Force Maj. Jason Stack, could attend Air Command and Staff College. Lilly suffers from an autoimmune skin disease called alopecia areata, which causes hair loss on the scalp, face and sometimes other parts of the body. According to the National Alopecia Areata Foundation the disease often appears in childhood as it did ... Read More

Rash of mumps cases reported on UA campus

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The Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) is investigating a rash of cases of mumps in students at the University of Alabama (UA). The health department was tipped off about the notable number of mumps cases at the university by the campus health center. Both the ADPH and the health center are working to contact people who may have been exposed to the disease. Students at UA are highly vaccinated against mumps, but the health department says cases of mumps can still occur in vaccinated communities, particularly in close-contact settings such as schools, colleges, and camps. High vaccination coverage helps ... Read More

Advanced Pharma recalls sterile injectable products labeled ‘latex free’

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Advanced Pharma Inc., doing business as Avella of Houston, issued a recall of all unexpired sterile injectable products labeled “latex free” produced at Advanced Pharma’s Houston location from Sept. 1, 2016, to Feb. 16, 2017, because they may contain synthetic latex and/or natural latex. Avella and Advanced Pharam have been unable to confirm whether the “latex free” label statements on their products were accurate in all cases, and issued the recall as a precaution. The risk of potential adverse events related to a latex allergy range from local site reactions including swelling and inflammation to allergic reactions, which can be ... Read More

Three Cherokee County nursing home employees charged with neglect of elderly woman

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Three former Cherokee County nursing home employees were indicted by Alabama Attorney General Steven Marshall for the neglect of an 84-year-old woman who was left unattended for 11 hours during which she suffered from about 100 ant bites. Michele Curry, 42, of Centre, a licensed practical nurse (LPN) was arrested and released on $30,000 bond. Kacey Allen, 28, a certified nursing assistant (CNA) also from Centre, and Shawna Rogers, 26, a CNA from Rome, Georgia, were arrested hours later. The three were formerly employed at Cherokee Health and Rehab, a skilled nursing facility in Centre. Investigators say on the night ... Read More